Laser Energetics hires General Dynamics veteran

Sept. 8, 2010
Mercerville, NJ--Laser Energetics, Inc. has appointed John J. Harvey, Jr. as Vice President of its Dazer Laser Strategic Business Unit ...  

Mercerville, NJ--Laser Energetics, Inc. has appointed John J. Harvey, Jr. as Vice President of its Dazer Laser Strategic Business Unit, reporting directly to Robert D. Battis, the founder, president and CEO of the company.

In a statement the company said that Mr. Harvey has spent the past eight years working in business development at General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, where he was responsible for developing, executing and securing major crew served weapon system orders from the U.S. Armed Forces and international military customers for the company's Gun Systems Strategic Business Unit.

Previously, Harvey served on active duty as a combat arms officer in the United States Marine Corps. He joined General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products in April of 2002. He has deployed and trained extensively with allied and foreign militaries throughout South America, Africa and the Far East region. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College and the Defense Systems Management College, Program Manager's Course, Defense Acquisition University.

Robert Battis stated, "John Harvey initially consulted with the company prior to being named Vice President, and he now holds the primary responsibilities for the overall Dazer Laser corporate organization and management. His responsibilities will include the development, execution, performance and customer satisfaction of the Company's Dazer Laser business programs. Harvey will build upon the current military, law enforcement and international prospect and customer base by broadening and strengthening key marketing and sales relationships, leading to requirements focused results and increased global market share. I'm confident John will provide the leadership necessary to ensure unparalleled growth for the Dazer Laser business."

Mr. Harvey commented, "Laser Energetics, Inc. is poised for tremendous growth as the requirements of the less than lethal industry continue to dramatically increase within the military, homeland security, and law enforcement communities. The Company is committed to expanding the Dazer Laser -- Light Fighting Technologies product line, and providing the safest, most effective Optical Distracters, allowing us to be extremely competitive and profitable in the 'less than lethal' market space. It is both an honor and privilege to serve the Company in a leadership role."

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is producing the Dazer Laser - Light Fighting Technologies under contract with Laser Energetics, at its Charlotte Operations manufacturing facility located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Harvey is working closely with his former colleagues at General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products to develop and coordinate a near-term marketing plan to introduce the Dazer Laser - Light Fighting Technologies to the various joint non-lethal military organizations within the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Dazer Laser - Light Fighting Technologies product line will be showcased and demonstrated at the General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products display booth during three premier military conferences, the Infantry Warfighters Conference, the Modern Day Marine Exposition and the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Conference and Symposium, throughout the months of September and October, 2010.

Source: Laser Energetics, Inc.

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 Stephen Anderson is a photonics industry expert with an international background and has been actively involved with lasers and photonics for more than 30 years. As Director, Industry Development at SPIE – The international society for optics and photonics – he is responsible for tracking the photonics industry markets and technology to help define long-term strategy, while also facilitating development of SPIE’s industry activities. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of Laser Focus World and chaired the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar. Anderson also co-founded the BioOptics World brand. Anderson holds a chemistry degree from the University of York and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University.    

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